Barack Obama clashes with Donald Trump accusing him of 'shamelessly lying and fear-mongering’ in brutal attack ahead of US midterm elections

The Democrat blasted Trump after he warned his rivals will "take a giant wrecking ball" to America if they're victorious.

Republican Trump and Democrat Obama made duelling election appearances last night, offering opposing views on the country's problems.

As opinion polls show dozens of tight US congressional and gubernatorial races, the current and past presidents said the results would determine what kind of country Americans live in for the next two years.

Obama slammed Trump, without addressing him by name, and Republicans for what he described as their "divisive policies and repeated lies".

He hammered Trump and Republicans for repeatedly trying to revoke his signature healthcare while also claiming to support the law's protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Obama told supporters in Gary, Indiana, during a rally for endangered Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly: "The only check right now on the behaviour of these Republicans is you and your vote.

"The character of our country is on the ballot.


“There has got to be consequences when people don’t tell the truth. When words stop meaning anything, when people can just lie with abandon, democracy can’t work. Nothing works… Society doesn’t work unless there are consequences.”

Meanwhile, Trump told a cheering crowd in Macon, Georgia: "This election will decide whether we build on the extraordinary prosperity that we’ve achieved –  or whether we let the radical Democrats take control of Congress and take a giant wrecking ball to our economy and to the future of our nation.”

Trump campaigned with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for the governor's office.

Trump and Obama are the most popular figures in their parties.


Their appearances on the campaign trail are designed to stoke enthusiasm among core supporters during a midterm congressional election widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first two years in the White House.

Opinion polls and election forecasters have made Democrats favourites tomorrow to pick up the 23 seats they need to capture a majority in the US House of Representatives, which would enable them to obstruct Trump's legislative agenda and investigate his administration.

Republicans are favoured to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, currently at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

In the final stages of the campaign, Trump has ramped-up his hard-line rhetoric on immigration and cultural issues, including warnings about a caravan of migrants headed to the border with Mexico and of liberal "mobs."

The Labor Department on Friday reported sharply better-than-expected job creation in October, with the unemployment rate steady at a 49-year low of 3.7 per cent and wages notching their best annual gain in almost a decade.

But Obama said Republicans were taking credit for the economic renewal that started under his presidency.

He said: "You hear those Republicans brag about how good the economy is, where do you think that started?"



 

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